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What are Lush Little Landscapes?

Those of us who don’t have a large parcel of land can make that space in a miniature garden. We can create a stunning landscape in the space of a small container garden that will live and grow.

It's how we increase our acreage.

I make attention-getting, delight-inducing, realistic miniature gardens. I’m creating a book about innovative miniature gardens using supplies and items you can find, buy or make. I'll show you how to choose and create the accessories that make your tiny garden come to life.

Why create a miniature garden?

Lush Little Landscapes is a collaboration between the arts of landscaping, crafting, architecture and design - appealing to all of our senses. Hobbyists of all types can work with beads, clays, wood, paint, metal, wire, glitter, jewelry, concrete, stone, sand and dozens of other mediums to make their tiny garden appear real.

The projects are a blast for both kids and adults - and everyone loves the results!

Who am I?

I’m Susan and I'm an art director. Typically I'm designing the websites and communications for large brands or working with advertising agencies on big ideas for their clients.

I love to get my hands in dirt. I've been a gardener and fascinated with miniatures all my life. And I love nothing more than to inspire others to turn on their creative genes. All of that comes together in this book.

In order to make my gardens more real, I study full-scale garden design concepts and concentrate that vision into a much smaller version. I've been exploring the art of miniature gardening for over a decade. I want to share this tiny, beautiful world with you.

What can you do with a miniature garden?

  • Create event centerpieces that will get everyone talking
  • Celebrate a holiday, a birthday, a wedding, a new neighbor
  • Keep it in your workspace to instill the serenity that growing things bring
  • Give a garden as a unique and unexpected gift (or give the book as a gift)
  • Grow cooking herbs with a tiny garden patio in your kitchen
  • Showcase your collections, interests and activities
  • Remember a trip or imagine a place you'd like to go
  • Thank a teacher, mark an occasion, bring in the season
  • Create that amazing garden you found on Pinterest - in a fraction of the space

What's in the book?

Each miniature garden will have a multi-page color spread, instructions and ideas for substitutions and options. I’ll show you how to make or find the accessories that make it real and how to make beautiful containers that enhance each theme.

Elements of a great miniature garden

I’ll cover basic design techniques so your eye is lead around the garden. What are the minimum elements for making a realistic mini garden - and what makes it lush? I’m excited to share several features that will make your garden really stunning. Working lights and water features? Check. How to make and find sculpture and structures? Check.

Options

I won't just show you one kind of beach garden or a garden for one season or holiday - there are options galore. Play! Frolic! Recreate! Your garden can change or stay the same, it's all up to you.

Resource lists

How to find materials and accessories for your gardens.

Plant guide

Choose the plants that translate well in a miniature world. Grow what works together and aligns with the time and effort you want to commit to the care of your garden.

Where does the money go?

45% of funds will go toward providing me the time to make gardens, photograph them, design the book and complete the layout along with managing this project's reward distribution.

55% of funds will go toward material expenses - plants and remaining accessories for the gardens, printing the color book, printing other rewards, shipping fees, vendor fees for money processing.

Already Have:

A pro camera set-up, design skills, software and the computer I'll need to complete the book. Along with the considerable investment I've already put into equipment, miniature accessories, plants and containers, I have the skills it takes to make an lovely and informative book.

Still Need:

  • Purchase and create specialty items for the gardens, beyond what I already have.
  • Print the book (and other rewards) and ship it.

If we exceed our initial funding goal, I'll add more pages to the book which is currently planned to be 8.5x11, 64 color pages, 60 b&w pages, with a laminated color cover. I'd love to build more gardens and include more details!

Schedule

After the funds for the project are released to me, I’m estimating that it will take 2 months working day and night to complete what’s left to do on the book. I need time to build gardens, complete the photography and design and layout the book.

Accounting for the time that the campaign is running on Kickstarter + the time it takes to get the funds + the time it will take to build and design, I’m hoping to have it to you before Christmas. Due to unforeseeables, I can’t guarantee that. Be assured, I want you to have it as soon as I am able to make it happen and I'll keep you updated on weekly progress.

Rewards

I have all sorts of fun stuff in the rewards section for those of you traveling down the garden path on this journey.

Those who back the project at a reward level for a PDF, Kindle or print book get to vote for the gardens you’ll get in this book. I have hundreds of designs, ideas and sketches for at least 5 different books that are different thematic groupings and types of gardens - there’s something for everyone. I’m so excited to share all the garden options with you!

I’ll be posting updates for all backers - and likely will be able to deliver Kindle/PDF books and PDF project sheets earlier than the printed book. So if there’s a specific garden you’d like to get a jump start on - because you plan on making garden gifts for Christmas, for example - by all means get a PDF project sheet or Kindle/PDF version of the book along with your printed book.

And there’s a bunch of fun stuff to get your started with your miniature garden, right away! Check out the garden accessories packages.

Thanks for your support! It’s a small world, after all.

Read project updates and see more photos

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Video music: "Time Stood Still" by Exist Strategy

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    LUSHY LOVE: Get the plant resource list from the book in PDF format + I'll list your name (if you choose) on the project thank you page on lushlittlelandscapes.com + access the project updates that are exclusive for project backers. (This reward is also included in all rewards below.)

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    GREENISH THUMB: PDF project worksheet for one miniature garden.

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    GO GREEN: Kindle or PDF version of the book + you vote on which gardens will be published in the book.

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    PICTURE THIS: Two 8x10 photos of Lush Little Landscapes from the book (suitable for framing). (International shipping please add $5)

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    GREEN THUMB: Printed Book + you vote on which gardens will be published in the book. (International shipping please add $12)

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    EARLY BIRD: Printed Book + one 5x7 photo of a Lush Little Landscape from the book (suitable for framing) + a photo bookmark + you vote on which gardens will be published in the book. (International shipping please add $12)

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    UP AT SUNRISE: Printed Book + Kindle or PDF version of the book + a photo bookmark + you vote on which gardens will be published in the book. (International shipping please add $12)

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    LUSH GREEN THUMB: Printed Book + Kindle or PDF version of the book + a photo bookmark + you vote on which gardens will be published in the book. (International shipping please add $12)

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    LUSH PARCEL: Printed book (signed) + Kindle or PDF version of the book + limited edition set of five blank note cards (with photos of five different miniature gardens) + a photo bookmark + you vote on which gardens will be published in the book. (International shipping please add $12)

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    MASTER GARDENER: Printed book + Kindle or PDF version of the book + limited edition set of ten blank note cards (photos of five different miniature gardens) + miniature accessories for a beach garden + you vote on which gardens will be published in the book. (International shipping please add $12)

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    LUSH GIFTERS: Five printed books + you vote on which gardens will be published in the book. (International shipping please add $25)

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    MORE LUSH GIFTERS: Five printed books + Kindle or PDF version of the book + limited edition set of ten blank note cards (photos of five different miniature gardens) + miniature accessories for a beach garden + you vote on which gardens will be published in the book. (International shipping please add $30)

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    LUSH AMBASSADOR: Ten printed books + you vote on which gardens will be published in the book. (International shipping please add $35)

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    GO FOR THE GREEN: Ten printed books + Kindle or PDF version of the book + limited edition set of ten blank note cards (photos of five different miniature gardens) + miniature accessories for a backyard garden + you vote on which gardens will be published in the book.(International shipping please add $40)

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    LUSH LITTLE LANDSCAPE MASTER: One printed book + Kindle or PDF version of the book + limited edition set of ten blank note cards (photos of five different miniature gardens) + miniature accessories for a sculpture garden + you vote on which gardens will be published in the book + COLLABORATE with me on the design of one garden for the book (via Skype or email) + keep the actual garden I built with our design collaboration and input. (You will need to pick it up in Aliso Viejo, CA and transport it on your own. Or I can disassemble and ship the components, but cannot guarantee that the plants will survive the trip and you will have to reassemble once it arrives.) (International shipping please add $45)

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